Maoist woman leader arrested in Uttar Pradesh

September 3rd, 2008 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Sep 3 (IANS) A woman wing commander of a Maoist group was arrested in Sonebhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, police said Wednesday.”We received information about the movement of a Maoist group and laid a trap. About a dozen Maoists fled but the woman wing commander was arrested Tuesday night,” Sonebhadra Superintendent of Police Ramkumar told IANS.

Identified as Bitni alias Nirmala, she was the last woman Maoist leader at large in the district, which is about 300 km from here. Other four women commanders had been arrested earlier.

“Bitni is a member of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) and her husband Ramvrikhsa Kol is an area commander of this outfit,”

Nirmala carried a cash reward of Rs.25,000 and is wanted in connection with over 20 criminal cases.

Maoists are active in Sonebhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli districts of Uttar Pradesh as well as neighbouring districts of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.

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